October 5, 2022
Russia files 2 cases against Google for not removing banned content from YouTube

Russia’s communications regulator on Tuesday said it has prepared two administrative cases against Alphabet’s Google for failing to remove restricted information from its YouTube video-sharing platform, accusing it of promoting false content. Is.

Roskomnadzor said Google could be fined up to 8 million RUB (about Rs 7,104,700), or fined for repeat offenses of up to 20 percent of the company’s annual revenue in Russia.

It said YouTube has become one of the major platforms in the “information war” against Russia.

Google did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

Russia has restricted Twitter and Meta’s access to key Facebook and Instagram services since sending troops to Ukraine on February 24, as a raging dispute with the US tech giant turned into a battle to control information flow.

YouTube, which has blocked Russian state-funded media globally, is under heavy pressure from Moscow, which earlier this month accused it of spreading threats against Russian citizens.

“The US platform enables the dissemination of openly false material, including false publicly significant information about the course of special military operations in Ukraine, to defame the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, as well as to violence The call is accompanied by information of an extremist nature. Russian soldiers,” Roskomnadzor said.

Russia said last week that Meta was guilty of “extremist activity”, which was dismissed by a lawyer for the company in a Moscow court.

Russia has launched a special campaign in Ukraine to downplay its neighbor’s military capabilities and root out dangerous nationalists.

Ukraine’s military has put up strong resistance and in response, the West has imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia.

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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